Why do we rarely see tough love nowadays? Humans hate change and we have no wisdom to know what needs to be dealt with severely. Where does wisdom come from to deal with situations in life that seem unfair? Where does the feeling of unfairness come from? Why is this a universal feeling? Is it possible there is an unseen world creating and directing those feelings? Or is it just our own evolved beliefs about right or wrong?
Who determines right or wrong? Is that an individual freedom? If it is based on any human being then God help us!!! What if it is up to the drug addict to determine right or wrong? What if it is up to the 3 year old child throwing a temper tantrum to determine right or wrong? What if it is up to the government to determine right or wrong? What if it is up to the pedophile or murderer to determine right or wrong? What if it is up to the judge and jury to determine right or wrong? Where do all moral laws and basis come from? The Koran? It says to kill the infidel, and it was written by, again, a man. What about the Pope? He’s just a man. Should we listen to him and his religious mantra about peace and love? The Catholic church has changed their position many times on certain issues. (Jesus is the only Changeless One). Maybe we should turn to the animal kingdom to find justice. The animals rape and murder, too. Maybe we should look to the sun, moon, and stars for fairness. They speak volumes, but even they cannot determine guilt or innocence. Just who or what should we listen to? We cry, “What is Truth and where can it be found?”
Anyone who has been in a tough situation where addictions, crimes, or disrespect are evident has had to make a decision. Live with it or deal with it. Living with it is the easy thing to do and brings about no change. Dealing with it involves a tough choice and tough love. Tough love is the only thing that can bring about lasting change. Why? Because a person must be confronted with their sin. Others must agree that what they do is sinful. There is power in bringing what is hidden in darkness out into the light. There is power in the Light!!!! Just ask anyone who has been through an addiction and is daily living in success. Ask a reformed convict. It is because someone treated them with tough love.
The cross is tough love. The cross is a constant reminder to us of our sin. Jesus wants us to not hesitate to deal with ourselves and others through tough love, because He knows that is only through the fire and high waters that one comes out on the other side. If they never walk through the flames or come near drowning then they always stay on the side of safety (for this world). Are you ready for some tough love? Change comes from change, not consistency. Start reading God’s word and you will see what tough love is all about. You will never be the same again!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The wise deal with fools harshly. Jesus did. And oh, Jesus IS Truth, evolution is a lie!